Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) issues guidance for all Massachusetts public school districts regarding athletics. DESE guidelines pertaining to Interscholastic Athletics for the 2020-21 school year were released in August 2020 and approved by the MIAA Board of Directors.
Fall Sports- Updated September 15, 2020
DESE guidelines categorizes Football and Competitive Cheerleading as high-risk sports and will be moved to a “Fall II” season with a tentative start date of February 22, 2021.
The Merrimack Valley Conference and its member schools look forward to beginning the Fall I season while safely offering our student-athletes the following sports: Boys and Girls Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Boys and Girls Soccer and Volleyball. As a result of the lack of facility availability to a number of member schools, the MVC has made the difficult decision to postpone the Fall I Girls Swimming and Diving season to Fall II.
At this time, the Fall II season will include Unified Basketball, Competitive Cheerleading, Football and Girls Swimming and Diving. Each school is currently working to provide safe and healthy opportunities for their student-athletes. Any questions regarding this decision or the Fall I season in the MVC, should be directed to the member school’s athletic director.
To adhere to DESE/ MIAA regulations, we expect to see a difference in the way the game is played by athletes, where games are held and how they are scheduled. The earliest date to begin any tryouts or practices is Friday, September 18, 2020 with games beginning no sooner than October 2, 2020. The fall season will be abbreviated to end on November 14, 2020, per MIAA and DESE regulations.
There is still a lot of work to be accomplished before a fall 2020 sports season is permitted as the Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) league athletic directors work to implement fall sports within all of the guidelines.
Athletics are an important part of our students’ high school experience. Our goal is to provide all of our student-athletes a safe opportunity to participate in their individual sports. If you chose the remote academy for your child, they will be eligible to participate in their sports.
The health and safety of our student-athletes is paramount in any and all of these decisions which are forthcoming.
*This information was posted on September 15, 2020 and will updated as needed.